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Slow Violence of State Organized Race Crime

NCJ Number
Theoretical Criminology Dated: 2014
Date Published
September 2014
9 pages

The politicization of crime challenges theoretical and empirical criminology, while drawing the discipline into politics of criminal social control. This complication and complicity is considered in the case of state organized race crime, and especially its "slow violence", where victimization is attritional, dispersed, and hidden.


Criminology is not merely compromised hereor limited in theoretical and empirical reachbut complicit, contributing to under-regulated racial violence rationalized in large part by the criminalization of race. The discipline might contribute to increased understanding of state- organized race crime, and lessen its role therein, with greater commitments to critical race research and teaching. (Publisher abstract)

Date Published: September 1, 2014